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Martin Demichelis owns up to red card

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Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has no complaints about his red card following his late challenge on Lionel Messi in the Champions League last-16 tie at the Ethiad on Tuesday night.

The game was at 0-0 up to this point, but a rash and desperate lunge for the ball from the centre back with Messi through on goal, led to a red card and early bath for Demichelis, with a penalty being awarded to Barcelona which added insult to injury.

Messi converted the penalty calmly slotting down the middle past Joe Hart.

No one is disputing the red card decision, but replays show that Demichelis first made contact with Messi outside the area. However, Demichelis isn't bitter about the decision, and comes to the defence of referee Jonas Eriksson.

"I tackled him because I thought I was still outside the box," the Argentine is quoted by The Sun. "But I don't blame the referee. It all happened too fast."

The former Bayern Munich defender will miss the second-leg against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, and regrets his actions.

"I have seen the moment again on TV and think 'why did I have to tackle him and not keep running by his side?'"

Manchester City head to the Nou Camp looking to overturn their two-goal deficit on 12th March, but could also be without Manuel Pellegrini who could be charged by UEFA following an outburst on the Swedish referee after the game.

It all looks an uphill struggle for the English side, but they look to be handed a boost for that game with the return of top scorer Sergio Aguero.

But with fellow countryman Messi back in form, it looks to be all set for a head-to-head to see who can come out on top with both players set to play in the second leg.

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